Crystal Parade are delighted to be able to offer a wide range of Crystals with choices from two of the world's leading crystal manufacturers: Preciosa based in the Czech Republic and Swarovski based in Austria. You can choose from many different types of beads and crystals including Non Hotfix and Hotfix Flatback Crystals, Crystal Pendants and Crystal Glass Drops, Round Stones, Crystal Sew on Stones, Crystal Buttons and many more sparkling delights for your crystal creations.

Our customers use these decorative crystals to embellish their shoes, iphones, ipads, mirrors, house interiors including wallpaper, dance and stage costumes, manicures and pedicures, prom dresses, evening gowns, casual wear, sports and gym wear, handbags and accessories, musical instruments, ornaments, champagne bottles, craft projects and beachwear. We also have many customers who use our scatter crystals to decorate or embellish their wedding dress, accessories and stationery.

Our most popular selling product is the flatback crystal also known as rhinestones, diamantes, diamonds and glass beads.

The word Crystals has different meanings to different people depending on your use of crystals.  You may believe that crystals have healing properties, a power to hold energies, including positive and negative

Crystals are minerals formed underground from three-dimensional repeating patterns of atoms. A crystal's appearance depends upon the natural characteristics of its type and the conditions in which it grows. Some take on strange shapes, some are very small and others grow very large, developing over thousands of years.

Here at Crystal Parade the crystals which are used to crystallize dancewear, garments, artwork, soft furnishings, shoes and accessories are known as Rhinestones or gems or diamontes.  These crystals are manufactured from glass they are not formed underground.  The manufacturers have named they crystals.

Crystal rhinestones are perfect when you need to make dance costumes, clothes, shoes, nails, soft furnishings, craft projects and many more items sparkle.  We also know it can be overwhelming to know which one to purchase.  Where choosing your crystal embellishments you will find different options including Flatback, Non Hotfix, No hotfix, glue on rhinestone, glue on, no glue on, hotfix, bicone bead, bugle bead, sew on crystal, sew on stone.  

You have come to the right place to order your crystals for embellishing.  Once you have made your choice on the type, colour and size of crystal you wish to buy, there is also the subject of which brand to use!

Preciosa vs Swarovski rhinestones

Preciosa and Swarovski are the key players in the market place when it comes to crystal embellishments.  Swarovski is an Austrian based company and Preciosa is a Czech company. They are both well-known for high-quality crystals.  The biggest difference is the Swarovski have on average 15 facets on a crystals and Preciosa have on average 12 facets, on their new cut crystal, the Maxima, it has upto an amazing 18 facets. Side by side it really is difficult to tell the difference between a Preciosa and Swarovski crystal.

There are imitation crystals out in the market place but when you place them next to a Swarovski or Preciosa you will be able to see the difference, yes they have a little sparkle but in comparison to the Swarovski and Preciosa the sparkle of the imitation crystals is dull, the crystal will scratch and quite often you find that the backing of the crystal fall off.   Swarovski and Preciosa offer 100% consistency in colour and size. 

If your budget is tight, you could try these cheaper rhinestones but the additional invest in Swarovski or Preciosa will be well worth.

Crystal Parade makes it easy to buy your crystals online, with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge we can help you find what you're looking for.

If there is a Swarovski or Preciosa crystal you require but cannot find it on our website please let us know and we will do our very best to source it for you.